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... the Devil at Work AGAIN!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I participate in a weekly Bible Study; ongoing for about 2 1/2 years now. We meet every week, and have daily homework in between. ( I love it.... it is what made me realize that I want to go to seminary! I especially enjoy the homework. I love digging into His Word and learning new things.

Well, this current study just isn't holding my interest. It is more self-reflection than learning. I don't mind self-reflection, of course, but I am just not into this study for some reason. Well last week, for the first time in 2 1/2 years, I didn't do any of my homework. I figured...what's the harm?

I went to the study meeting last night (actually , I led it, as our usual leader had a meeting she couldn't get out of.) As I was reading through some of the discussion questions... I realized why I hadn't done the homework.

Satan wiggled his way into my brain, telling me I didn't need to do it; that I wouldn't "learn" anything anyways. Well, the week was about a topic I'm in dire need of resolving in life.... hatred and forgiveness. So, he got me. Satan is indeed a butthead.

God was looking out for me though, as usual. I was going to skip the Bible Study meeting last night, since I hadn't done the homework, any of the reading, and didn't have an interest in going (very odd for me..) But last minute, my friend called me to ask if I could lead, thus guaranteeing that I would attend and see the topics that I otherwise wouldn't have seen.

I'm now working back to finish all the missed homework that I so need to do. It may not resolve any of the issues going on in my heart, but at least I am recognizing satan's attempt to keep me unhappy.

  
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SUNSHINE192DAY 4/17/2014 11:05PM

    He's done the same thing to me so don't be too hard on yourself. We must pray that we both see and resist the devil always! Glad you're doing the work now!

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WAY2GOCAT 4/17/2014 3:59AM

    he's a sneeky bugger!

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/16/2014 9:07PM

    Jesus always wins out over Satan! Glad you went to your BS and led it. I have ours in the am and I haven't been there for a while because of my bronchitis. emoticon

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CALIGURRL61 4/16/2014 8:24PM

    Your blog made me think of the book by Jentezen Franklin, Spirit of Python. He says one of the ways satan (aka butt head ) gets to you is making you think you won't learn anything by doing your daily study, going to church, etc.... I'm glad you are aware it's old snake eyes messing with you. Our God is faithful, a gentle nudge was needed for you and He provided!! God bless you!

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KFIORI 4/16/2014 3:08PM

  God is amazing. This morning, my phone was,"talking," I reached into my pocket and pulled it out. None of the apps were open. The bible verse app was reading the verse of the day. Only God could have had it do it. It really wasn't open. The verse was, Joshua 1:8, " This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you should meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good successes. To be honest, I am horrible at meditating on God's word. This was perfect!

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What a wonderful day...Marrying my best friend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Our rings. He is in love with his. It spins and all the gears move.


Family :-)


Smooches for our girl!


Gosh I love this man!


This was actually a candid shot between us taking photos. Love it!


Josiah and Erin!


Us and our girls! (Niece and his daughter.)


Sisters!


I wrote vows for Emma!


Man and wife!



This pic brings tears to my eyes. Hugging my mom after the ceremony. She had no idea who I was or what was going on. So sad to see her like this.

  
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SUNSHINE192DAY 4/17/2014 11:07PM

    I'm so sorry about your mom but so very glad that you shared your special day with us! Thank you! God, please bless this union, make it beautiful and life-long. In Jesus' name, Amen!

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NOTBLUSHING 4/14/2014 8:22AM

    Best wishes to the bride! emoticon emoticon

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SHOAPIE 4/12/2014 9:57AM

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NELLIEC 4/11/2014 5:46PM

    Beautiful pictures. His ring does look cool!

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SPARKYOURHEALTH 4/11/2014 1:58PM

    Woot Woot! A Big congrats to a lovely and blessed couple! You look so stunning Erin! Everybody looks so beautiful and happy. What a happy and wonderful ceremony! God bless your union forever. emoticon


did you save me a piece of cake? emoticon I'm coming to collect hehehe.... emoticon

edited in insert: I love cake lol

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PHEBESS 4/10/2014 11:10PM

    It looks like a beautiful start to a wonderful new chapter of your life - congratulations! You are a gorgeous bride!



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ANGELBELIEVER 4/10/2014 8:39PM

    O how beautiful you are. I am so happy for you and your handsome husband.My husband had a full beard and mustache the day we were married. I wish all of you many happy years. The girls are beautiful too. I love your dress. Beautiful color. May God Bless your marriage. emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 4/10/2014 6:17PM

  Very pretty pictures. I wish you a lifetime of happiness with your new family.

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BAREFITNESS 4/10/2014 6:16PM

    Awesome pics Erin~you look beautiful! What a handsome looking fellow you got there ;) Glad your day was special~and may you have a lifetime of wonderful moments! Congratulations again :)

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Forgiveness....again, lol.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Ok, God...I get it! Haha...

Pastor, sweety and I have been discussing forgiveness. Namely, forgive because God told us to...not because we "want" to. We may never "want" to.....especially if anger, hurt, hate etc seem justified.

Anyways, the key note Pastor keeps making is Forgiveness = Freedom. Yes, I know this in my head, but my heart doesn't want to! Well, as I mentioned in my last blog, God keeps bringing it up, haha. (He's cool like that.)

Well, today I picked up some dove candies. (White chocolate, since I gave up chocolate chocolate for Lent.) If you know your candy trivia, you know that Dove candies have little inspirational sayings inside the foil wrapper. My first two wrappers said "Let yourself be free."

I actually laughed out loud. Gee, God....are you trying to tell me something?!

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(I gave some to my coworkers....none of their's said "Let yourself be free" ... but I had one more...and Guess what mine said!? YUP! "Let Yourself Be Free!"

  
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AZ_CAT_PERSON 4/7/2014 2:20AM

    I love the way that God tries to get our attention. Sometimes I think he has to give us a slap on the head to get to do what he wants us to do.
I'll tell you God is definitely trying to get your attention; I hope that you are listening to him now. I like that God is also suttle by leaving messages in you dove candy. I also shows he has a sense of humor.

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/2/2014 11:33PM

    God has a way of getting our attention even when we don't want him too. He also has a sense of humor too.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 4/2/2014 3:34PM

    I love that! I love how God works with us on something over and over until we "get it." Where would we be if God wasn't patient?

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A note to single Christians....

Monday, March 31, 2014

I was raised in the church. I went to church 3 times a week until I was about 15. Then, we switched churches, we didn't go quite as frequently, but still attended regularly. Growing up, my parents always imbedded in us (me and my sisters) that when we grew up, we needed to marry a Christian man. I always brushed it off. There were approximately two fellas my age in my church....and no thank you. I thought it was a great idea, but wouldn't translate to reality.

Fast-forward to adulthood. I married an agnostic guy. He would go to church with me, but just for my benefit. At the time, my faith had fizzled and it didn't much matter to me. We split. I started dating a professed atheist. I still didn't think it would be a big deal.

As my faith strengthened and my relationship with Christ grew, it became apparent that it was a bit of a roadblock between us. (Well, everything was....we were a horrible couple. The kind that break up and get back together every three months and fight non stop.) But he would scoff when I'd talk about my faith. And I would look down on him for his lack of faith. And whenyour faith is so strong, benig insulted for it can really cut deeply if you aren't quite as mature in that faith.

After him, I met a man at church. The feeling of being able to share our faith, have serious discussions about it, and lean on each other in Christ....is unbelievable. It is more impoartant than I ever could have known.

You'd never realize it until you experience it. I want to encourage any single Christians to not sell themselves short. You may have to wait a little bit longer until you meet your perfect other...but it is well worth the wait.

  
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BAREFITNESS 4/2/2014 12:41AM

    emoticon I also "settled" in my marriage...and it didn't last long, so we decided we should just keep it "off". I mean he wasn't even that great of a friend, what made me think we would be good partners. It wasn't religion that split us up~neither one of us was a "practicing christian" it was his lack of trust and eventually him cheating that split us up. I'm in a much happier relationship anyway and have been for over a decade....and can only see it getting better!

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ANGELBELIEVER 3/31/2014 3:55PM

    Great blog. Glad you have met someone that shares your faith. That is so important. God always has a plan if we only let him pla emoticon n our life for us.

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NELLIEC 3/31/2014 3:51PM

    Amen!

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CALIGURRL61 3/31/2014 11:50AM

    Amen sister! A marriage without God in the center of it can be disastrous!

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MANDIETERRIER1 3/31/2014 11:43AM

    Thumbs up!

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BRAINBENTT 3/31/2014 11:15AM

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Never settle, ever, for anything less...

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Forgiveness...

Friday, March 28, 2014

~Forgiveness does not equal forgetting. Short of a miracle, it's impossible for humans to just 'forget' bad things that have happened.

~Forgiveness is a choice.... it is a crisis of the will. Humans naturally feel justified in holding on to anger, etc. (This is a big one for me! Lord, help me use Your strength to accept that I need to forgive.)

~You do not forgive someone for THEIR sake...you forgive someone for your own sake.....it will bring freedom! ( I could use some freedom from this...)

~Forgiveness is not between you and the offender...it is solely between you and God. (This is the one that gets me!)

~Forgiveness boils down to agreeing to live with the consequences of another person's sins.

~True Forgiveness means you cannot use the sin against that person in the future.

~To forgive, you need to honestly acknowlede the hurt and the hate.

~Do *not* wait until you feel like forgiving someone...you will never 'feel like it.'

  
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AZ_CAT_PERSON 4/7/2014 2:15AM

    These are some very powerful statement. Thank you so much for posting these, I feel that sometimes we need to be reminded about forgiveness. I have trouble forgiving people myself. This was something that I really needed to read.

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ANGELBELIEVER 3/28/2014 1:31PM

    What powerful statements. I agree with all of them.

"You do not forgive someone for THEIR sake...you forgive someone for your own sake.....it will bring freedom!"

This is the one that stuck out the most and I finally understand what that means for me. It is so true. That way you can let it go and not be haunted or bothered by it any longer.

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CALIGURRL61 3/28/2014 12:58PM

    Truly one of the hardest things in a Christian walk to do.

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